Weekend Club Rugby Round Up
What a weekend of mixed fortunes in the latest round of the Fidelity Security Premier Division club rugby competition as another chapter was opened in the history of the club game at the KZNRU with Varsity College Old Boys playing Bluff SuperSpar Harlequins as the main curtain raiser to the big schools derby game between hosts Glenwood and Durban High School. It was a great success and hopefully we will see more of these club matches being showcased at schools as it will certainly bring the rugby family closer together. Oldies won the game 30-17 with full log points putting them firmly in second spot on the table.
In the featured Fidelity Security game hosted by Thanda Waterstone Zululand Rhinos at Mick Kelly Park in Empangeni the Zululand side deservedly picked u their first win of the season beating their visitors from the capital FNB UKZN Maritzburg 31-15. Rhinos must have decidedly felt a lot more confident after their improved performance against log leaders Jonsson College Rovers last weekend showing that they can compete against the best as they continued to improve with a decisive victory over the students. Rhinos tries came from scrumhalf Dirkie de Waal, hooker Clint Woodley and flank Martin Stander with Corne Els kicking four penalties and two conversions. Varsity replied with tries by fullback Alex Currie and flank Lwazi Ngcungama with flyhalf Willem Rheeder doing the kicks.
The big derby between neighbours Rovers and Acer Durban Collegians saw hosts Collegians edge out their visitors 11-10 in a tense but thrilling encounter that saw Rovers losing their first local game since 2009. For Collegians it certainly was celebrations all round as they deservedly picked up four valuable log points in their quest to climb back up the log table. Rovers skipper Chris Micklewood by his own admission thought his side were bad on the day and that Collegians really deserved their victory. In hindsight the result would probably have done Rovers more good than harm in so many ways. They now know that they can’t just pitch up for a game and expect to take home the points.
For the record Andrew Borgen crossed for the Rovers try with Micklewood kicking a conversion and a penalty while for Collegians hooker Greg Bauer scored their all important try with the boot of fullback Gouws Prinsloo doing the damage with two vital penalties.
Old Boys are a side that are also looking better with each outing and looked full value for their 30-17 win over Quins at Glenwood High School with their five tries going to Jared Meyer, Peter Stroebel, Jason Jones, Wade Swanuel and Warren Randall who also slotted a conversion and a penalty. In the remaining game Telnet Crusaders with Sharks flanker Jean Deysel in harness beat the visitors Ricoh Maritzburg Collegians 26-10 and certainly have now turned their fortunes around.
Rovers picked up their first piece of silverware this season when they beat Harlequins 19-13 in the Basil Medway knockout final, which was played as the curtain raiser to the Super 15 game between the Sharks and the Stormers on Saturday. It was quite a turnaround for Rovers having been thumped first by Collegians then by Quins in the Frank Norris league competition before bouncing back to beat both those sides first Collegians in the semi-final and finally taking the honours in the final to have their name engraved back on the trophy after two years with an empty trophy cabinet. Rovers winning points came from a try by wing Ryan Johnson with flyhalf Gavin Hauptfleisch kicking four penalties and a conversion. For Quins tries went to wing Cor Rautenbach and prop Nicolas Roebuck with Rautenbach also slotting a penalty.
In the First Division UKZN Durban seem to be regaining momentum again with a good 20-8 win over Richards Bay while Toti beatTeichmann Bell Ballito Dolphins and Hillcrest accounted for Moritzburg Waratahs with Fidelity Security Jaguars taking the honours 24-8 against South Coast Warriors.
Two important club events will be happening on Friday 8 June the day before the First test against England at Kings Park on 9 June. Rovers will be hosting the first in a series Cutting it With Blades with Hugh Bladen Mark Andrews and James Small The price of R225 includes a meal and a welcome drink starting at 6pm and for further info contact Ryan at 082-6223848. The Varsity College Old Boys will be hosting a tribute lunch for legendary coach and administrator Frans de Beer with Dick Muir as Guest Speaker and former Natal scrumhalf Doug Tweedie as the MC. The fee is R100 a head and Doug can be contacted at 082-25143929 for further details.